Turbine Tries to Explain Epic Story Flip-Flop
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 September 2013, 2:29 pm

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In a post that should have come before Sapience made the admission that the epic story would no longer be free, MadeOfLions tried to explain the reasoning behind the changes made with the Helm’s Deep Expansion.  I was pretty harsh on them for this announcement mainly because they didn’t admit the [...]

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LOTRO Helm’s Deep Pre-Order Debacle
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 September 2013, 12:24 pm

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I don’t really like making my first post in a long while a rant, but I just couldn’t help it.  There are so many things I feel are wrong with this announcement that I needed to write about it.  I have been expecting this news pretty much any day since the middle of June, so I can’t be terribly [...]

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Turbine’s Communication Issues
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 July 2013, 10:36 am

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I waited on making this post as I wanted to give Turbine added time to release their next round of twenty questions, however if anything those questions further exacerbate the issue as myself and others see it.  I’m not claiming to speak for the entire community, but I know at least many, and [...]

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Updates on the LOTRO Team Changes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2013, 12:21 pm

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Sapience did provide a couple updates out to folks this morning in response to the Aaron Campbell news, although not much more then name dropping, to clarify what’s going on with the LOTRO team.  In his brief post, he mentions: Kate Paiz is still the executive producer Derek Flippo still is the [...]

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Who’s Left on the LOTRO Team?
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2013, 11:05 am

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News was made last week as Aaron “Rowan” Campbell announced he is taking over as the Senior Producer of DDO, leaving the LOTRO team without a Senior Producer.  It has neither been confirmed or denied on the LOTRO forums, and similarly, there’s been no mention of what’s going on with Kate Paiz, who [...]

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Challenging the Status Quo
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 July 2013, 12:06 am

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I think I’ve written and deleted this post at least half a dozen times as I’ve really been struggling with this of late.  As a bit of a back-story, I was incredibly upset with how some people handled the recent “Troll” post and I struggled with how I wanted to handle it.  I’ve taken quite a bit [...]

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Is the Secret World Turning the Corner?
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 July 2013, 11:21 pm

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I was pretty surprised when I saw the posts concerning TSW’s rapidly approaching anniversary as it hardly seems like it has bee a year since it launched.  Many because so much has happened to the game and the company over the year that times has just flown past.  I’m not sure I can think of another [...]

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Saying Goodbye to CSTM
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2013, 2:27 pm

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I thought a few times on what to do for CSTM as they’re retiring from podcasting, although luckily they’ll still be gaming and on twitter so not completely gone.  I won’t be available to join the live show tonight, so I wanted to put up a post instead.  I thought about recording something, but I [...]

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Jumping Ship
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2013, 12:59 pm

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I’ve been a bit quiet posting lately, and that’s mainly due to a lack of actual gaming.  I’ve been playing some FM13, but during the off-season of real football, my interest has waned a bit.  I’ve also struggled getting into the other games I’ve been playing, namely LOTRO, TSW, and RIft.  But my [...]

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The Ups and Downs of LOTRO’s Update 11
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2013, 4:32 pm

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For me Update 11 has been a bit of a mixed bag.  There are a number of cool little things they’ve put into the game and of course the new epic story line, but I can’t help but be overly frustrated by the lack of quality and revision control that Turbine continues to show with its launches.  There’s [...]

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LOTRO Update 11 Official Patch Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2013, 10:39 am

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The patch notes are live for folks to check out as the servers should be up soon-ish.  I’m not going to post them in full, but a few highlights: I’ll be curious to see how the new Mounted Combat works, as well as what new mechanics are there in Wildermore like Aaron has mentioned.  I like the [...]

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LOTRO Update 11 Goodies
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2013, 1:01 am

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Of course this is all subject to change, but there are some pretty cool aspects to Update 11 that I wanted to share with folks.  I also will have a couple of suggestions for folks towards the end.  Don’t get me wrong, Update 11 isn’t perfect and it won’t keep end-game folks busy until the Helm’s [...]

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Camelot Unchained
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 April 2013, 2:44 pm

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I have quite a few VERY fond memories of Dark Ages of Camelot, so naturally when I heard there was a reboot in the making I was quite intrigued.  Although I will admit it wasn’t until VERY recently that I started to get excited about it.  I have tossed in my money and support for the game, so this [...]

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LOTRO’s Player Council Announcement
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 April 2013, 12:36 am

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It was delayed a couple of times, but I have to admit I’m pretty please overall with the folks chosen for the council.  I certainly don’t know everyone (I do know and respect  both Silverlode representatives) but in all the places I’ve read (including the unofficial forums) there are very few [...]

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Joel Bylos talks Secret World Issue 7 Details
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 April 2013, 3:37 pm

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I haven’t seen this posted too many other places, so I thought I’d share this out for folks.  Pretty cool interview by the folks over at MMORPG.com with Joel covering all 3 live games Funcom is maintaining.  My gaming time has changed recently and I don’t hop into TSW nearly as much as I’d like, [...]

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Turbine with an Interesting News Day
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 April 2013, 3:20 pm

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I’ve been waiting a little bit to absorb and digest the releases yesterday as there are certain things that just don’t make sense to me.  We saw 3 main pieces of news that I wanted to go a little deeper into. After a delay hit last week, Update 11 finally makes its way over to Bullroarer for public [...]

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Update 11 Push to Bullroarer Delayed
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2013, 1:04 pm

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Unfortunately for those waiting for the next update to Bullroarer like I mentioned yesterday, they’ve run into an issue that will need to be fixed before pushing out to Bullroarer.  Sapience believes things should be available by the middle of next week  

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All sorts of LOTRO news today
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2013, 3:07 pm

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It has been a busy day, but many of the expected announcements either haven’t come or have not come in the way expected. First up, the Player’s Council announcement initially scheduled for the 19th (tomorrow) has been delayed to give more time to the review process.  This doesn’t really phase me [...]

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What’s Keeping Me Busy
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2013, 12:47 pm

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I haven’t been writing all that much, and that’s mainly due to not playing much of anything lately.  But things are coming around and I’m getting settled at my new job and getting into a better routine with our newborn, so I should be getting back into more of a schedule.  But it shouldn’t be a [...]

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My Hopes for the new Turbine Player Council
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2013, 2:02 pm

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I must admit that I’m on the fence about this whole player council thing Turbine is rolling out.  A part of me thinks this is a good idea for Turbine to have a more structured way to get feedback and guidance from the community.  However, I also think there’s the distinct possibility that this will [...]

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LOTRO Official Update 10 Release Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2013, 9:04 am

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I was a little surprised that they sprung Update 10 on us yesterday, mainly because there had been so little PR for it.  Pretty much the VERY light “developer diaries” were the only things leading up to this update, without too much fanfare.  Maybe Turbine feels guilty that many people paid for [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2013, 11:48 am

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Like many of TSW’s updates, this one came and went pretty quickly without too much fanfare.  However, this not only brought some fun social items but quite a few other changes and tweaks.  I’m not sure I’ve figured out TSW’s numbering schemes but this to me seems pretty big for a tertiary update.  [...]

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LOTRO Update 9.1.1 Patch Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 February 2013, 8:33 am

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I didn’t even realize there was going to be a patch today but there was and 2 things from this really jumped out at me. First, I was surprised that they’re doing server side performance enhancements ahead of Wednesday’s extended downtime.  I’m all for them doing things, it just seems strange timing [...]

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LOTRO Update 10 2nd Bullroarer Patch and Armor Screenshots
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 February 2013, 5:15 pm

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The second build hit Bullroarer today and it included quite a few additions that were not there previously.  You can find the full patch notes here, but there aren’t too many changes mainly the finishing off of the changes they had already announced: Fate determines out of combat power regen, not [...]

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LOTRO’s “New” Player Council?
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 January 2013, 2:55 pm

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Kate Paiz today released her first Producer’s letter in a while but there’s not a whole lot of new information there.  It is a pretty quick read and I appreciate that Turbine is putting out things like this in addition to similar efforts from Aaron “Rowan” Campbell. However, I have to admit there [...]

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